Government

Audit shows ex-SEANC director misspent $500,000

April 13, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dana Cope, the former leader of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, misspent $494,043 between October 2012 and February 2015, according to an audit summary released Saturday. Cope, who was the organization's director for 15 years, resigned in February after The News & Observer published a report on questionable spending practices.

UNC governors say McCrory proposal will hurt fundraising efforts

April 10, 2015

(The Herald-Sun, Durham)

The UNC Board of Governors say a proposal included in Gov. Pat McCrory's 2015-16 budget request would take $17.9 million out of fundraising coffers at schools in the UNC system. McCrory wants to cap the state's contribution to fundraising costs at $1 million a campus.

 

Raleigh hopes to finalize Dix property purchase by May

April 9, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh officials and Gov. Pat McCrory expect to finalize a deal for the city to buy the former Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital property by May 5. A Senate proposal that would nullify the deal and sell the property to the highest bidder is awaiting a committee hearing. Raleigh agreed to pay $52 million for the property; three senators who filed the bill say the land is worth more.

McCrory touts historic preservation credits in New Bern

April 9, 2015

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Gov. Pat McCrory toured downtown New Bern Wednesday to support reinstatement of the historic-preservation tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014. McCrory was joined by Susan Kluttz, secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, who has visited 35 towns across the state to promote the incentive.

Proposal would expand solar power in NC

April 8, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican state legislators introduced a bill that would allow independent energy developers to sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses, bypassing large energy companies. Major corporations including Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Target have urged House Speaker Tim Moore to support the policy.

Bill proposes statue of Billy Graham at US Capitol

April 7, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

State legislators want to replace a statue of former Gov. Charles B. Aycock at the U.S. Capitol with one of Billy Graham. Rep. Charles Jeter, a Republican from Huntersville, said he filed the bill at the request of U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Aycock, who served as governor from 1901 to 1905, has been criticized recently for his white-supremacist views. Jeter says the statue would be paid for with private donations.

State awards film grants totaling $10M

April 6, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CBS TV series Under the Dome was awarded a $5 million state grant for filming its third season in Wilmington. An untitled TV project expected to film in western N.C. will receive $4 million, and a film project titled Late in the Season, which will shoot in Davidson and Charlotte, will receive the remaining $1 million in grant funds.

DHHS audit finds deficiencies

April 3, 2015

(Greensboro News & Record)

An audit of the state Department of Health and Human Services showed significant errors and deficiencies in its oversight of state programs, including errors in 24% of 272 claims sampled that resulted in $464,942 in overpayment.

House approves sale of eastern NC power plants

April 2, 2015

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Gov. Pat McCrory was expected to sign a bill that will allow 32 eastern cites to sell their ownership stakes in five power plants to Duke Energy Progress (Statewide, September 2014). The state House and Senate approved the legislation, which is expected to lower electric rates for customers in those municipalities.

Report shows sea level will continue to rise

April 2, 2015

(WRAL.com)

The state will seek public comment on a report released Tuesday by the Coastal Resources Commission's Science Panel that shows sea-level rise along the North Carolina coast of up to 10.6 inches over the next 30 years. The report presents three possible scenarios; all show more pronounced sea-level rise in the Outer Banks compared with southern beaches.
Read more about the debate over sea-level rise in our November 2014 cover story, "Land's End"